A 64-year-old Reisterstown man, who shot his hunting companion near Hampstead in December, was placed on probation for 12 months after a trial in Westminster District Court yesterday, a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokeswoman said.
Raymond Struble of the first block of Shropshire Court was charged with negligent hunting after Michael Lee Sanner, 53, of the first block of Penndragon Court in Reisterstown was shot in the right elbow and flown to a Baltimore trauma center.
Mr. Sanner at first told police he was hunting about 8 a.m. Dec. 4 on Wine Road near Hampstead when his rifle accidentally discharged and he was shot.
But after an investigation by Maryland Natural Resources Police, officers discovered Mr. Struble was hunting with his son, Martin Lewis Struble, 34, of Alexandria, Va., and Mr. Sanner when the elder Mr. Struble fired a shot at a brown flickering movement in thick bushes about 75 yards away. The shot struck Mr. Sanner.
Mr. Sanner and Martin Struble were charged with hunting without a license and Mr. Sanner was also charged with not wearing regulation bright orange while hunting.
Raymond Struble's fine of $500 was suspended and he will not be able to obtain a Maryland hunting license for five years. His rifle was also confiscated by police, the DNR spokeswoman said.